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A Blast From The Past

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   Feb. 10, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

Today is Feb. 10.


U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was returned to the United States on this date in 1962. Powers had been shot down while flying a mission over the Soviet Union -- something the Soviets didn't take kindly to. He was exchanged for Rudolf Abel, who'd been caught spying for the USSR, which the United States didn't exactly appreciate, either.


On this date in 1942, the first "gold" record was presented. The recipient was Glenn Miller, for sales of his "Chattanooga Choo Choo" single.


Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was given another title -- that of convicted rapist. On this day in 1992, an Indianapolis jury found him guilty in the sexual assault of a beauty pageant contestant.


In a 90-minute, exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey on this date in 1993, Michael Jackson revealed that he suffered from a hereditary skin disorder known as Vitiligo that was turning his skin white. He also admitted to having some "minor" plastic surgery to his nose.


We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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